"The music flows through the earphones into you. These vibrations bring a shiver to your spine as you are engrossed by the sound. The lyrics bring a swell to your chest as you are inspired by their content. As the song winds to a close your eye darts to the clock at the bottom of your screen. It has been hours since you began. Where has the time gone?"

In this section, you will find review and analysis of cyberpunk music that is inspired, influenced, or overlaps with the genre.

If you have any questions, ideas or submissions, please get in touch using hello(at)neondystopia.com.

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In anticipation of a new album in 2017, Neon Dystopia looks back at a much-overlooked release from the UK’s legendary Massive Attack. “Take a look around the world, you see such bad things happening…” Upon waking up to the troubling news of recent weeks from the UK, I found myself thinking of the Massive Attack song A Prayer for […]

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Sometimes you want to kick back on a fishing boat, feel the cool evening breeze come off the bay, wait for a bite that never comes and listen to pirate radio while drinking a beer. Chances are that you’ll have to imagine the boat, and an open window is as close to the breeze as […]

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Sipping a cup o’ joe with my eyes glued to the neon lattices of the matrix. I sink in dream and I, myself, am empowered by the electricity in my veins. I am your saviour. I am your new god. Hardwired Created by Polish filmmakers, Katarzyna Widmańska and Amadeusz Wróbel of REDЯUM Image, Hardwired is […]

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>HELLO >RUN HELLO >RUN ./ >RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN Modular Reaper Imager – 1nh4l3 d34th If you’re looking for slaughterhouse industrial sounds, then Modular Reaper Imager has an auditory meat hook and a sonic chainsaw ready to carve your desires into pieces. It’s an album devoid of joy or delight, a soundscape of […]

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It’s not like you haven’t done this before, but there’s an illicit thrill about getting access to music when you’re not supposed to that just doesn’t dim with age. Your contact forwarded you a valid crypto key for one-time use. It was fate, really, you reflect as you punch in commands: git clone ssh:guest@>neondystopia.com/dossier/march git […]

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… And for those of you just tuning in, where the hell have you been? You’re streaming live from enndee-dot-enn-yuu, rotating through no less than eighteen different sources. Lowest latency. Freshest sounds. Set your TLS to two-point two, drop that TTL to ten minutes, and crack that volume. In the next hour we’ve got releases […]

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The average cyberpunk fan has probably seen both the original Ghost in the Shell anime and its sequel Innocence; if feeling generous, they may have also checked out the 2002 TV anime, Stand Alone Complex. Music wise, they’d be familiar with the haunting chorals employed by Kenji Kawai in both the original film and Innocence. […]

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With the forthcoming release of Ghost in the Shell (2017) at the end of March, I’ve been preparing myself. I’ve rewatched the 1995 anime. I’ve listened to the soundtrack. I’ve held back from binging on Stand Alone Complex. I’ve suffered through the Steve Aoki remix of Reawakening. Today, in my capacity as Neon Dystopia’s go-to […]

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No preamble this month. You came here for the music, and there’s going to be a lot of it. Cyberpunk Community Soundtrack – Volume 6 “It’s a world where you’re judged by what you say and think. Not by what you look like.” The Cyberpunk Community Soundtrack is now in its sixth consecutive year and […]

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